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Sep 18

Favorite Trees of Parks - George Page Park

Posted on September 18, 2018 at 9:11 AM by Colin Heyne

George Page - Triadica sebifera

This month our favorite San José park tree is a 
Triadica sebifera, or Chinese Tallow, located at George Page Park in council district 2. This species originates from eastern Asia but is found in California. There are several characteristics to help you identify this species. The leaves are rhombic to heart shaped, here is a leaf shape guide to help you key species. In fall, the canopy turns bright shades of yellows, oranges, purples, and reds. This species is monoecious, meaning that it produces both male and female flowers on the same plant. It has a greenish-yellow and white flowers that become very conspicuous during spring and into summer. There is also a fruit that, as it matures, changes from green to brown and eventually opens into what looks like popcorn all over the tree. This tree is the third most productive vegetable-oil-producing crop in the world, after algae and oil palms, making it extremely valuable in the production of biodiesel. You can read more about this tree at the Cal Poly SelecTree Website.